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20 Nov 2016
Deportivo dropped two points after conceding two goals in the final ten minutes. New polemic decision with the referees after not conceding a penalty that would have meant the expulsion of the player that scored the third goal.

Coach Gaizka Garitano decided to keep playing with a 4-2-3-1, but there were novelties at the formation, this since he allowed the entry of Ryan Babel and Brazilian Guilherme; Celso Borges was benched.  

Tytoń was the starting goalie, Juanfran Moreno covered the right side in defence, Luisinho performed on the left, Raúl Albentosa and Sidnei Rechel were the centre-backs, Pedro Mosquera joined Guilherme at midfield, Bruno Gama attacked from the right wing, Babel did it from the left, Emre Çolak was the playmaker, then Florin Andone was the centre forward.

At Sevilla CF, coach Jorge Sampaoli opted in playing with a 5-4-1, there was a line of three centre-backs and clearly, despite his comments before the game, he was reserving men for the Champions League. Thus men like Daniel Carriço, Ganso or Matías Kranevitter had minutes as before they only played a handful number of games. Gonzalo Vietto and Pablo Sarabia were the references in attack.

Photo: La Liga

Deportivo barely had the ball, but it was more dangerous in the counterattack before a rival that, despite having three centre-backs, was too fragile to contain the quick moves from the Galicians. Babel scored a goal and brought an assist despite been the man with less touches at Deportivo.

The game started with a goal by Deportivo. Ganso lost the ball when the Andalusian side was making the transition defence-attack, Juanfran seized the confusion at the visiting team to release a perfect cross that was met by Ryan Babel inside the box, and the Dutchman scored through a downward header that went into the far post of visiting goalie Sergio Rico

Sevilla CF claimed control of the actions after the goal, but their only chance within the first ten minutes was a wide attempt by Escudero after a quick play on the left wing (3’). Depor seemed comfortable defending and betting in the counterattack, but neither created any harm in the next minutes after the goal.

At minute 14, Sevilla CF had its second chance in the game; it was a corner-kick in which Sidnei cleared the danger before the arrival of Vietto; in the counterattack Andone didn’t met Babel as Escudero deflected his cross into a corner-kick.

At the middle of the half, Sevilla CF had a ball possession of 78% but they were still missing to complete a shot on target. That’s the clear picture of this first half: Los Rojiblancos having the ball and finding enough room to reach the edge of the area, but later they didn’t do anything and were only earning corner-kicks. Meanwhile, Depor were more dangerous in the counterattack, but neither Babel nor Bruno Gama were able to define their opportunities.

The first shot on target for the Andalusians came at minute 27, Ganso made a quick pass and left Sarabia alone before keeper Przemysław Tytoń, and the Polish made a big save anticipating the rival and blocking his shot.

At minute 32, Andone headed a cross by Luisinho, but it was an easy catch for Sergio Rico. The Romanian and Babel were pretty active in attack, while Çolak was barely appearing. Luisinho and Juanfran were frequently appearing in attack, something that was causing a lot of problems to a Sevilla’s defensive line with big doubts.

Then there were two goals within the final three minutes. First a combination Babel-Andone ended with the Romanian eluding two rivals inside the area to end scoring with a low shot past Rico. Only one minute later Escudero drilled the ball from the left, Steven N'Zonzi collected it at the edge of the area and scored before the passive attitude of Mosquera with a crossed and drilling shot past Tytoń.

To emphasize the numbers of Ryan Babel in this half;  he only touched the ball in 14 opportunities (the lowest number at Depor’s squad during the first half), but it was enough to score a goal and bring an assist.

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Hard to explain what happened in the final part; Sevilla CF pushed and deserved more, but it’s also true that they didn’t complete any shot on target until the play of a clear penalty over Andone that would have meant the 3-1 with only fifteen minutes to go.

The final part started with Sampaoli switching the draw. Carriço was replaced with Vitolo as the visiting side improved searching to overcome the result. As it was expected, the Andalusians were having the ball and Depor continued to play on the counterattack.

As it happened in the first half, Sevilla CF had the possession, but it only created some harm in corner-kicks. Meanwhile, Depor had its first opportunity in this half with a shot of Bruno Gama that missed the target (60’).

Depor were too delayed on the pitch and Garitano made the first substitution. replaced Çolak as he sought for more control of the ball at midfield. The Central American joined Mosquera and Guilherme was now playing as the playmaker of the team.

Vitolo revitalized the game of his team, but it was still missing depth. For this reason, Sampaoli made a second substitution and allowing the entry of Franco Vázquez. Depor continued to be locked at their side of the pitch and only waiting to end the game.

At minute 70, Luisinho cleared the danger inside the box after a cross from the left.  The polemic play in the game came at minute 73, Andone collected the ball at midfield and unleashed a counterattack that was going to leave him alone before Rico, but he was pushed by Andrés Mercado before completing his shot and the referee didn’t want to call the penalty (Mercado admitted after the game that he pushed Depor’s attacker).

The locals also protested a red card for Vietto after an aggression over <>Arribas, but the Argentine was only booked. Until this point in the game Sevilla CF were deserving the draw, but they neither completed a shot on target in the half, so it neither was strange to see Depor leading the scoresheet. The second change at Depor was the entry of Arribas for Juanfran.

This move was made to cover the game of Vitolo on that side. And then it came the disaster for Depor, because Sevilla CF scored twice within the last three minutes plus the stoppage time to claim the victory.

The equalizer was scored by Vitolo. Substitute Wissam Ben Yedder attempted a shot from the left, the ball hit a rival and luckily for them it went into the path of the Canarian, who scored despite the late effort from Tytoń.

Gartiano made the third change and Marlos Moreno replaced Andone, but it was Sevilla CF the size that scored shocking the Riazor. And it was in a corner-kick, the 14th for the Andalusians in the game (the previous 13 missed the target). This time Pareja attempted to connect the cross from Franco Vázquez and, after a deflection by Tytoń, Andrés Mercado collected the ball at the goal line and just had to push the ball in. Argentine Mercado was the hero that scored the winner, but he could have been sent off before for committing the clear penalty over Andone

Heart breaking loss for Depor; the team had a two-goal advantage and, despite the number of shots by Sevilla and its big ball possession percentage, it didn’t deserve to lose. After all the dominion of Sevilla CF wasn’t transferred into shot on targets until the final ten minutes. And once again the referees missed to reward Deportivo with a penalty, a possible 3-1 at minute 73.

Depor will now wait for the end of the matchday in order to know if they end in relegation or not. The enxt game is the visit to Málaga CF (La Rosaleda, Saturday, 13h00 CET).

Deportivo: (4-2-3-1) Tytoń – Juanfran (Arribas 77’), Albentosa, Sidnei, Luisinho – Guilherme, Mosquera - Bruno Gama, Çolak (Borges 62’), Babel – Andone (Marlos Moreno 88’)
Sevilla: (5-4-1) Rico - Mariano, Carriço (Vitolo 46’), Mercado, Pareja, Escudero - Kranevitter, N’Zonzi, Sarabia (Ben Yedder 75’), Ganso (Franco Vázquez 69’) - Vietto.
Goals: 1-0: (1’) Babel, 2-0: (42’) Andone, 2-1: (44’) N’Zonzi, 2-2: (87’) Vitolo, 2-3: (90+2’) Mercado
Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz. He showed yellow card to Tytoń (56’), Pareja (76’), Vietto (82’), Arribas (83’) and Babel (90+2’)
Venue: Riazor (21,277)
Other statistics: Ball possession (27% - 73%); Attempts to score (5 – 6); Total shots (4 - 20); Shots on target (3 - 7); Saves by the keepers (5 - 1); Corner-kicks (3 - 14); Offsides (2 - 2); Fouls committed (15 - 12); Passing accuracy (67% - 86%)



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